August 30th is “Noisy Can Offering” Sunday
This Sunday is the fifth Sunday in August. As is our tradition at RUMC, it’s the Sunday for collecting for the Florida UMM Children’s Home. Bring all your spare change (and possibly folding money) to place in the noisy cans for the Children’s Home.

Also, remember that the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign will continue at RUMC throughout 2015. To date, we have collected approximately $610 towards our church wide goal of $1,000. This Conference-wide collection effort is an effort to end preventable deaths from malaria throughout Africa.

September Meeting Schedule
As we look ahead to the new fall season, please be aware of some very important upcoming meetings. The United Methodist Women and Men will be meeting on Monday evening, September 14th at 7:00 PM. The following evening, September 15th is the night of our next Church Council meeting to be held in the Library on September 15th.

A New Program for Our Children
Rolinda Smoak and Gayle Gordon are starting a special weekly program for the children of the church. It is part of the Wonderful Wednesday’s suite of programs for people of all ages. Plan to come to the Wednesday potluck, attend your favorite adult worship study, and bring your children to participate in an hour’s fun with Rolinda and Gayle.

Back-to-School Time Is Here
 This year, as in the past, RUMC has partnered with our local elementary school, Riverview Elementary, to help the teachers and the students with emergency school supplies. As you see the “Back to School” displays at your local stores, remember to purchase supplies for the children at Riverview Elementary. School supplies can be collected and dropped off at the office.

Thinking About Becoming an RUMC Member?
Anyone wishing to be baptized and/or becoming a new member of our church should contact the church office as soon as possible. You can join a substantial list of potential new members who we want to accept into our congregation later in August.

Annual Conference Scheduled for November
Our annual church conference will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Please plan to attend as we review our achievements for 2015 and look forward to the new year and beyond.

As we approach the fall, the start of a new school year, and our annual conference, we should all be praying about how God wants us to use the gifts and the grace He has blessed us with. Please prayerfully consider how God wants us as a church family to effectively and meaningfully move forward in the days ahead.

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The Bible Passage of the Week
Heed Wisdom's Call
Wisdom shouts in the street;
    in the public square she raises her voice.
Above the noisy crowd, she calls out.
    At the entrances of the city gates, she has her say:
How long will you clueless people love your naïveté,
    mockers hold their mocking dear,
    and fools hate knowledge?
You should respond when I correct you.
    Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you.
    I’ll reveal my words to you.

Proverbs 1:20-23

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Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Online Giving at RUMC

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.






We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 3
Spaghetti Dinner.  5:30 PM, Crichton Hall

Monday, September 7
Labor Day.   Church Offices will be closed.

Friday, September 11 – 
Sunday, September 13
UMW Spiritual Enrichment Retreat for Women. Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, FL.

Monday, September 14
United Methodist Women.  Library, 7:00 PM.
United Methodist Men. Crichton Hall, 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, September 15
Church Council Meeting. Library, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 19
South Central District UMW Mission Study. First UMC, Brandon, 120 N. Knights Avenue, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM.

Tuesday, November 3
Charge Conference. Sanctuary, 6:30 PM 

Saturday, November 6
Craft Fair and Harvest Festival.  Crichton Fellowship Hall and campus grounds, 8 AM- 3 PM.